Hey Jon and Susie,
I didn’t kill any deer on any of our properties this past season but did spend a good amount of time in a deer stand. The farm I generally spend the most time on (delete) continues to be a very productive farm and a real pleasure to hunt. It might not produce the same quality of deer as north MO or KS and IA but I will see the occasional trophy buck and usually good numbers of deer. I did see a really nice 10 pt with a split left brow tine from a bow stand in early November and then again on opening morning of the firearms season. I could not get any kind of good shot with either bow or gun and did not see this particular buck again. Jon, I was wondering if you got any reports of this kind of buck killed on this farm? He was a wide, tall, and heavy clean 10 and probably in the 150″ to 160″ range. I saw several other bucks every time I sat a stand and came close to pulling the trigger or releasing the arrow on three different bucks but held off.
My wife on the other hand had her typical opening day rifle season…filled both tags within 45 minutes of climbing up her tree with an 8-pt and doe. She generally has very limited time available for deer hunting anymore and likes to see her deer on the ground early. This farm is a very target-rich environment so that doesn’t take much time for her.
I had a great time watching deer do deer things and the rut and good weather provided lots of those opportunities.
“Law of Averages”
I also untangled more deer from fences this year than ever before. I’m not sure what’s up with that…lots of deer and more time in the woods for me I guess.
All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable season.